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By Katrina O'Brien
From usual beginning at domestic to unforeseen start within the open air to deliberate Caesareans, those touchingly own and humorous stories illustrate how the strategy of arrival is less significant than the affection the kid unearths whilst it eventually arrives.
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It just wasn’t a conversation we had. As an Aboriginal person, knowing where your country is and who your relations are is fundamental to who you are, and I really needed to know where I was from. And my father was the key. I had no idea where to start looking—he could have been anywhere—but I concentrated my efforts on Whitton and Leeton. I asked questions and wrote letters to people who had known me all my life, the doctor who delivered me and also the midwife, and nobody seemed to know anything.
She told me I didn’t need to be fully dilated because the babies were small, and I definitely felt the urge to push, so she put me into the lithotomy position, sitting up in bed with my legs up in the air in stirrups once again. I asked for a mirror to watch as I pushed the baby out and I found that really motivating. Darren, however, was not so keen. Later on he told me he would have preferred not to have seen that part of the birth. After about seven big pushes, Olivia was delivered. They put her cheek to my cheek and I was so surprised by how full of life she was.
My grandmother lived next door, so I saw my mother when she visited, but if it weren’t for my Aunt Nina and Uncle Billy I would probably have ended up becoming lost in the system, being fostered out somewhere. We were dirt poor. Aunt Nina and Uncle Billy were really frugal people and gave me great groundings in life— Birth Stories Text 10/2/05 2:52 PM Page 27 COMPLETING THE JIGSAW 27 the importance of honesty, loyalty and treating people well. I had a loving upbringing and never felt rejected by any stretch, but I didn’t have a close relationship with my mother.
Birth Stories by Katrina O'Brien